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Look, what is going on now? Stories, art!
Fear not! Did you notice the link to eFood new website? This is the place for the final draft of the book, what you read is a beta-testing of the book. If the stories, history and art (and there are music files my son works on) won't work, we will stick to the recipes only.
Although, I believe that food is the history and the link to past stronger than language. It's body's memory.
All right, since this is not the final test, I will go with my stories!
There are some stories in the old Big Book, some are in Ethiopian books -- and some are in people's memory. Folks, this is no an academic publication and I think that I can tell those stories that are not published. Okay?
Now, you are good in finding the stories without linking them in any linear order, I will continue to post them at random. To keep the element of surprise. The stories that are connected to our present, not less than food!
What if we to jump to the New Testament? Of course, it's related to Solomon, don't you know?
Or should we go back, way back, to Adam and Eve? Their tomb is in Ethiopia.
Or maybe be to the days of creation! The time when Lord created Eden... You know that tis is another name for Ethiopia, right?
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Tej (Ethiopian Honey Wine)This is a way you can fake the delicious honey wine they serve in many Ethiopian restaurants. The real way involves actually brewing the honey with the wine. Basically, you can't do it at home.Ingredients:drinks
1 pint white wine (Riesling, Soave)
1 pint water
4 TB honey
Mix well and enjoy!
Ethiopian Party PunchYield: (12) 8-ounce servings
Adapted From: A Kwanzaa Celebration
1 cup cherry juice 1 cup strawberry syrup 1 cup orange juice 1 cup lemon juice 1 cup pineapple juice 1 cup white grape juice 2-1/2 quarts lemon-lime soda 2 lemons, thinly sliced
Mix all the ingredients but the lemons together. Chill and serve over ice. Garnish with lemon slices.
Solomon, Sheba and MenelikPart Four: the End. [How did you know that the next story will be on the "Wine" page?]
THE REVENGE OF THE HEBREW BLOOD
The end of Great Solomon came before his death. The man of wisdom ended up in madness. The king of joy wrote the book of Ecclesiast. This blessed man was cursed and his blood line was broken...
Then Solomon had finished building the house of the Lord and the king's house, the palace, and all that Solomon desired to build. He excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. He made silver as common in Jerusalem as stone, and he loved many foreign women. He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives made him not forget the Queen of Sheba. He could find love and her ring with black stone. He could not find love in his soul and never wrote another song again. Saba was dead, and their son came to him and left for his own kingdom. There was no love in the world. He couldn't pray, and God never spoke again to Solomon. The nights were long and empty. The Lord was angry with the king and took away his mind. Solomon went mad, and out of mercy God send him death to save the old man from his misery.
...On his right hand next to his big finger was a tiny tattoo the size of a dime -- the blue lion of Judah on his skin which was getting lighter and lighter. On his chest, through skin transparent as rice paper, came a face within an eight-pointed star. They called it "Solomon's Seal" -- the motif which was engraved on Solomon's ring, the ring which the king gave to Sheba.
Gasta Sab'e -- face of a person -- was his, Solomon's face with big, wide-open eyes. The eight points indicated the four directions of the Seal's protective power. The angel's eyes were full of surprise, without pain or sorrow. The family of angels was ....
I have to stop here; the end of Solomon is too painfull for me to write about. I myself fear madness more then death...
Ethiopia, you are old and your stories are long. I'll finish the tale of the first king Menelik some time later...
Today, they held another large dinner, one of those which Abyssinian military leaders hold to entertain their troops before setting out on a campaign. These dinners bear a special military imprint and are very lively. Veterans, with some embellishment, reminisce about by-gone battles, tell about outstanding feats and so forth. Tej (mead) flows in rivers. At the end of the dinner, the lifting of spirits attains its highest level. One after the other, the banqueters jump up and, hoarsely crying out, enumerate the feats they have performed and vow fidelity to their leader.58 "I am a killer!" cries out some soldier with foam in his mouth. He seizes a saber by the hilt. His eyes wander wildly; he shakes all over nervously and seems positively insane. "I repelled a spear in battle! I repelled two spears in battle! I repelled three spears in battle! I killed in the Aussi campaign, and in Tigre and among the Negroes. I killed everywhere where I waged war! I am your slave, your dog! With you I will conquer! With you I will die! I am Kaytimir! (His personal name)." And in conclusion, he bows to the ground to the Ras.